Can dogs eat mint?
Many dog owners ask can dogs eat mint? Mint, also known as garden mint, belongs to the Lamiaceae family with the scientific name of Mentha spp. Leaves of mint known for their distinctive, pleasant aroma and flavor. There are about 25 different species of mint and are characterized by their aromatic property.
So can dogs eat mint? Yes and no! While Most varieties of mint are perfectly safe for dogs to eat and even included in some types of dog treats, others are toxic and you should avoid feeding them to your dog, and also they should be avoided in a pet friendly garden.
Peppermint and spearmint, the 2 most common types of mint, are nontoxic and perfectly safe for dogs! Catmint (Nepeta x faassenii) is also safe for dogs as well as cats! But even if they are safe, dogs shouldn’t eat more than a few leaves per day day. Otherwise, they may experience some gastrointestinal distress.
Actually, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals warns that the only type of mint, which can be toxic to dogs is the English pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium), it can grow in most areas of the United States, except for the coldest regions.
If your dog ate pennyroyal mint he may suffer from vomiting, diarrhea and other forms of stomach upsets, and you should call your vet immediately! And for the other types of mint, there is no need to worry if your dog ate them.
Some dog treats and dog food contain mint because it freshens the bad breath and helps in digestion. Here are some other mint benefits for dogs:
- Fresh mint is rich in Vitamins C and A which support healthy bones, skin, and immunity.
- Mint is a natural source of dietary fiber which helps to speed and ease digestion.
- Mint is full of trace minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, potassium and more.. which are essential for health.
- Mint relieves symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease and reduces gas.
How much mint to feed my dog?
A few leaves, maybe 1 or 2 per day is all your dog need. And the easiest way to feed your dog mint, is to sprinkle a little fresh or dried mint over his food.
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